Things to know about an inn
When considering accommodation in Japan, there is an option of "inn" as well as a hotel. An inn offers not only mere accommodation facilities, but also, history and unique customs, and there are many cases where traditional Japanese food is included. Staff are familiar with the surrounding area, and in many cases it is possible to travel around efficiently with the necessary support. Depending on the region, there are cases where there are only simple business hotels for business people for hotels, and in such cases, it can be said that choosing accommodation at an inn is more advantageous. However, there are some unique characteristics, so here I will show you the rules and how to spend time in such a ryokan.
First of all, at a traditional inn, you arrive and deposit your shoes immediately. In other words, you will spend all your time with shoes off at the inn. In that case, shoes for the inside of the building such as slippers are prepared, so let's wear them. Underlying such a habit is the idea that unlike a hotel, they want you to relax like at home as well as in the room. There are also times that there are beautiful carpets and tatami inside the hall. Such materials are easily scratched when rolling trolley bags, so it would be a good idea to use a little care.
One characteristic in the inn is the presence of service staff called "Nakai-san." Each room has a Nakai-san who is in charge of the place, and she guides you to the room, follows you to the room, and makes Japanese tea. Also, at this time, we will talk about dinner time and breakfast time of the next day, etc. In recent years, some ryokan omit these processes to realize low prices, but it is a common practice in traditional inns.
In addition, recently there are many inns with beds, but in traditional inns, we use futon in Japanese style for sleeping. While you eat dinner in a space outside the room, or if dinner is prepared in the room, after that, the room is cleaned and a cleaned futon is prepared in the room. While in absence, there may be people who feel uncomfortable for someone to enter their room during a private time period, but please think of it as something like a "turn down" where they arrange rooms for sleeping at luxury hotels at night time. However, if you are reluctant that they get into the room while you are away, you can also consult with them about the procedure.